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I'm worried, all this dieting has made me associate feeling full with feeling fat. I know thats wrong...
I dont know about you guys but I have the kind of build where you can see when my stomach is full and when it is empty...my rib cage is weird I think... and my stomach is my biggest part, so when its full I feel like its fat again and all my efforts are out the window.
today I ate an atkins bar, an apple and peanut butter and and a grilled chicken wrap...and I feel like I've done something wrong because I just finished the wrap and I feel really full. How can I get rid of these ridiculous thoughts? They make dieting so hard. I know this is a bit naive... I'm not stupid and I'm not new to this dieting thing...I just need a little support.


Fri. Feb 3, 9:57pm

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It sounds like your really upset about this! You want to tread really carefully here with what you THINK food does to your body. If your thoughts become really obsessive or this is bothering you to the point where you are afraid to eat, then I would suggest you look into speaking to a therapist or nutritionist.

That being said, I imagine food enlarges EVERY ones stomach. I know it does mine:-) If you are indeed feeling TOO full then perhaps you could eat 6 small meals instead of 3 large ones. A quick 5 or 10 minute walk after a meal could also help settle your stomach or at least get your mind off of your stomach.

Perhaps you could write a script to repeat to yourself. Instead of full=fat maybe you could practice full=energized. Food is our fuel and we need it so there should be no reason to feel bad about feeding your body the healthy choices that you described.

Good luck to you!

Saturday, February 04, 2006, 10:57 AM

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I find I have to eat small meals often instead of large ones. That's just the way my body works.

However, perhaps you should consult a nutritionist and/or therapist. For a while, I was having periods where everything I ate, no matter how little made me feel terribly full and just disgusting. It turned out that it was due to an underlying medical problem. So, perhaps you should talk to someone if this is really controlling a large part of your life.

Saturday, February 04, 2006, 11:08 AM

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Is that all you had all day? That's not that much for a day, really. Are you overweight, or just trying to control your eating? We need more information.

Sunday, February 05, 2006, 5:37 AM

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hey i have the same problem with feeling full also. i have just learned how to control it now. i eat by portioning myself and eating healthy but yet i feel fat and i feel like it was a waste. what i do is about twenty minutes after i eat i do a little ab exercise for about 5 -10 minutes and i feel like i am back to where i was again and i dont feel guilty about eating again that day. it really helps me because my stomach is the first place i gain wait. Hope that helps

Sunday, February 05, 2006, 1:31 PM

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I'm getting used to eating smaller portions b/c I'm stopping when I start to get full, so by the time I've digested, I'm still not stuffed. If you don't like the feeling of being full, that's a good thing, but then you need to be sure to eat smaller things more often.

I can imagine many chicken wraps that would be big enough that I would be stuffed if I finished it all in one sitting. Maybe, if something is really big, split it into 2 servings and just eat one of them. Then eat the other one later, when you're hungry again.

Sunday, February 05, 2006, 4:53 PM

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Also, try to relax about it. Don't look at yourself in the mirror to see if you can see exactly where your food went. I like the mantra mentioned above, full=energized. Focus more on eating a healthy balance of foods and exercising a reasonable amount and be happy you're treating yourself so well. Try to stay positive and find other things to focus more energy on.

Monday, February 06, 2006, 9:04 AM

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I'm with you

I know exactly how you feel. THe girth of my waist changes through out the day.
And I know how that "fat" feeling can be discouraging. What helps is that I keep track of how many calories I take in. Scientifically, In order to gain a pound, you would have to eat over 3000 calories. That's like eating 100 cups of cauliflowers (dunno why i used that example). because of the density and vegetables like cauliflower, having 3 cups would probably make you very very full. but if you calculate it, 3 cups would only be about 84 calories. My point is, I keep myself from thowing my "efforts out the window" by reasoning that if I am able to restrict the amount of calories I take in, IT doesn't matter how full I get, there is no way I can gain weight

Tuesday, February 07, 2006, 6:29 PM

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This last comment was really helpful to me!

I have a hard time with this too.

Monday, February 13, 2006, 9:44 AM

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